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Christmas with children (312 out of 365) #blogaday

Today, we started some holiday crafts – the families can buy the plate that their child made. I was in the 2 year old class, and they made Christmas trees or snowmen with their feet! It turned out very cute 🙂 I’m surprised we are incorporating the Winter holidays in the curriculum. I am used to trying to avoid it so families don’t feel left out. There was one Jewish girl in the class, and she was the only one to do a snowman (if these go on the wall before families order their plates, it might make her stand out). I really like the idea, but since the children are so young, we wanted to take away the choice element to give them more continuity. feet trees post

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Autumn activities (284 out of 365) #blogaday

I have been searching for crafts and small groups to do with the Fall unit – as usual, there are are so many options! I saved button trees, fall painting with corks, leaf pressing, matching numbers on pumpkins, and a few songs 🙂 I look forward to trying some of these out, and hopefully getting through more of them than the pets unit (I only did a few due to the busy week of moving around other rooms and helping). button trees

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Painting with paper towels (246 out of 365) #blogaday

http://www.messforless.net/paper-towel-art-for-kids

Art is something that can take a lot of time for setup, but with this idea, all you need is paper towels and paint. The children can try different designs and mix paints – it seems like a fun and low maintenance task!

I posted three today because my trip has been somewhat go, go, go. They are for the 11th, 12th, and 13th.
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Messy no more! (193 out of 365) #blogaday

It can be hard to incorporate art into a young classroom because the children usually get sloppy. I remember when we painted flowers for Spring in the Kinder class – and the amount of cleanup (there wasn’t any on the floor, but the cups and paintbrushes and smocks!) I received a Buddha Board for my birthday, and it is going to transform the way I think about art. It uses water on a canvas so the students don’t even need paint 😮 The image created evaporates as well, which will allow students to take turns – I plan to take pictures of the artwork to show the families what their children have been working on.